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Bail denied for alleged extortionists

Accused extortionists Sheila Smith (second left) and Careba Salmon being taken back into police custody yesterday outside the Manchester Parish Court. (Photo: Gregory Bennett)

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Accused extortionist Careba Salmon, 24, and Sandre Bogle, 20, were denied bail when they appeared in the Manchester Parish Court yesterday. The two are among five people answering to extortion and conspiracy to extort charges in connection with a racket targeting busi ... Read More

Manchester North Western Member of Parliament Mikael Phillips (second right) was among the men who joined the International Women’s Day celebrations in Manchester. (Photo: Alicia Sutherland) Give us a rose
MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Faithlyn Cohen exuded much confidence last Wednesday. Clearly a woma ... Read More

A section of the audience out at the Mandeville Hotel for the Social Intervention Forum organised by the Manchester Peace Coalition Trench Town community development activist reaches out to Manchester Peace Coalition
Mandeville, Manchester — With tried and tested strategies being used for more than two decades ... Read More

The Appleton sugar factory (Photos: Gregory Bennett) Sweet days return
SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — The sugar crop is in full swing in northern St Elizabeth. Cane fa ... Read More

Rotary women

Monday, March 13, 2017    

Some of the Rotary women honoured in celebration of International Women’s Day. Sharing the moment is district governor nominee-designate Dr Patrick Adizua (centre).

MANDEVILE, Manchester — Gone are the days when women were excluded from the service club, Rotary International. To mark that milestone women who have had leadership roles in their respective clubs locally, including serving as president, were recognised in celebration of International Women’s Day at the Ingleside Great House in Mandeville. Organiser of the event Dr Patrick Adizua, who is district governor nominee-designate for Rotary District 7020 that includes Jamaica, said that ... Read More

Twenty students in South Manchester get a second chance

Monday, March 13, 2017    

JCEP students Veronica Maxwell (left) and Sherida Stultz participate in a roller- setting practical session.

Mandeville, Manchester — Twenty students from various communities in southern Manchester have been given the chance of getting a new skill through the Jamalco Career Enhancement programme (JCEP), according to a news release circulated here. The release from bauxite/alumina company Jamalco said the cosmetology course, which is being offered in collaboration with the HEART Trust/NTA at the Winston Jones High School, offers training in chemical hair relaxing, shampooing, styling and wig ma ... Read More

PHOTO: Help, NWC!

Monday, March 13, 2017    

Photo: Anthony Foster

Residents of Williamsfield, close to Siloah in northern St Elizabeth, are expressing frustration regarding long delays in correcting leaks from pipelines, which they say have caused flooding and damage to the road and is resulting in the loss of thousands of gallons of water. One resident, freelance journalist Anthony Foster, told the Jamaica Observer Central that “several calls and emails” to the National Water Commission have so far failed to trigger corrective action. Photo shows ... Read More

Tax collection bus welcomed in St Elizabeth

Monday, March 13, 2017    

The mobile property tax unit visited St Elizabeth recently. (Photos: Gregory Bennett)

Black River, St Elizabeth — The figures show gradual improvement year by year, but St Elizabeth remains among the most backward regions in terms of property tax collections. In late February, the south coast parish was running a 58 per cent property tax compliance rate for the 2016-17 financial year which will end on March 31. That’s up from 52 per cent at the same point the previous year, but still $300 million behind where tax collectors say it should be. No wonder then that St ... Read More

PHOTO: Go Sachin!

Monday, March 13, 2017    

Sachin Dennis (centre) of St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) wins the Digicel Grand Prix Boys U-17 200-metre final in 21.10 seconds at the GC Foster Classic held at the National Stadium over the weekend. Second is Jeremy Farr (left) of Wolmer’s Boys School in 21.48 seconds, with Antonio Watson of Petersfield High School third in 21.65. (Bryan Cummings)

Sachin Dennis (centre) of St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) wins the Digicel Grand Prix Boys U-17 200-metre final in 21.10 seconds at the GC Foster Classic held at the National Stadium over the weekend. Second is Jeremy Farr (left) of Wolmer’s Boys School in 21.48 seconds, with Antonio Watson of Petersfield High School third in 21.65. (Photo: Bryan Cummings) Read More

‘Don’t cry over nurses leaving; train more,’ says educator

By Garfield Myers Editor at large, South Central Bureau | Monday, February 27, 2017    

Striping is meant as recognition of students’ progress in nursing courses at Knox Community College.

Mandeville, Manchester — Rather than responding to a migration-spurred shortage of trained registered nurses as if the “sky is falling”, Jamaican authorities should be concentrating on training more nurses, says principal of the Knox Community College, Dr Gordon Cowans. Furthermore, Cowans says Knox Community College and similar institutions across the country are perfectly positioned to be part of the solution, once they are authorised to train more nurses. Community colleg ... Read More

Jamaica Day @ Manchester High School

Monday, February 27, 2017    

Friendship and culture on display.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester - Schools at all levels of the education system celebrated Jamaica Day on Friday, February 24. According to the Government information arm — the Jamaica Information Service — Jamaica Day is celebrated annually as part of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information’s effort to instil the spirit of nationalism that is necessary for the social and cultural development of the country. The theme for this year’s celebration was “Celebrating J ... Read More

Jamaica Day at Sacred Heart

Monday, February 27, 2017    

Jamaica Day was fun at Sacred Heart Academy (Photos: McKoy Patterson)

Mandeville, Manchester — In line with tradition, Jamaica Day celebrations at the Roman Catholic-run Sacred Heart Academy in Christiana came a week earlier than at most other schools. “We usually have our Jamaica Day earlier because for us it is also a fund-raiser,” Principal Sharifa Brock-Lewin explained. “We try as much as possible to involve our parents and community members and we raise money for our school by selling tickets,” she added. A pleased Brock-Lew ... Read More

Pat Anderson wants all-weather track at Kirkvine

Monday, February 27, 2017    

Olympian Deon Hemmings (left) makes a presentation to Dr Paul Auden for outstanding service to athletics and sports medicine during the PUMA/JAAA development meet at the Kirkvine Sports Club. Veteran sports administrator and former president of the JAAA, Pat Anderson, is at centre. (Photo: Carl Levy)

Mandeville, Manchester — Veteran sports administrator and former president of the JAAA Pat Anderson is lobbying to have an all-weather running track at the Kirkvine Sports Club, close to Williamsfield in central Manchester. Anderson made a strong pitch to the chief executive officer of the IAAF, Olivier Gers, at the PUMA/JAAA development meet at Kirkvine last month. Organisers say more than 1,800 athletes participated in the meet, which had its origin at Manchester High School 35 years a ... Read More

PHOTO: Juici Big Driva

Monday, February 27, 2017    

Jukie Chin (second left) chief exceative officer of Juici Patties congratulates Lascelles Gyles winner of the JuiciBigDriva promotion at Clarendon Park last Friday. Sharing the moment are Karen Rosen (left) group marketing manager Wisynco Group and Michaela Francis, brand marketing manager at Coca Cola. Gyles walked away with a new 2017 Nissan Xtrail SUV after entering the competition from the Bog Walk Juici Patty location. Customers were asked to purchase four Juici patties and two Coca Cola 591ml to enter. The grand prize also included one-year free insurance and a year’s supply of gas from Total Jamaica. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)

Jukie Chin (second left) chief exceative officer of Juici Patties congratulates Lascelles Gyles winner of the JuiciBigDriva promotion at Clarendon Park last Friday. Sharing the moment are Karen Rosen (left) group marketing manager Wisynco Group and Michaela Francis, brand marketing manager at Coca Cola. Gyles walked away with a new 2017 Nissan Xtrail SUV after entering the competition from the Bog Walk Juici Patty location. Customers were asked to purchase four Juici patties and two Coca Cola 59 ... Read More



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